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How To Improve Your Golf Game

Golf is a tricky sport but can also be a lot of fun if you’re good at it and can hit the ball well. Be glad to know there are tips you can use to help you improve your golf game and make sure you’re performing well each time you’re out on the course.

As you get better over time, you’ll feel more confident and eager to go play with friends or coworkers when they ask you to a round of golf. Most importantly, have fun with this challenge and enjoy the process of trying to get better at this sport.

Enhance Your Eyesight

You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well.
You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well.

You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well. If you do need glasses, then consider getting a stylish pair of new Calvin Klein eyeglasses that you can wear so you can see what you’re doing more clearly on the course. The ball is small and if you have bad eyesight to begin with, then you’re going to want to have a solid pair of glasses that will help you to improve your golf game.

Find A Mentor

One of the best ways to get better at and improve at a sport is to learn from others who are talented at it. Enhance your golf game by finding a mentor who can teach you the proper techniques and show you what you’re doing wrong. Go out and play with this person and have conversations about what changes you can make to how you play so that you can improve your score as time goes on. Choose someone who you not only look up to because of their skill but who will be patient with you as you learn and make mistakes along the way.

Practice Often

Most importantly, it’s a wise idea to get out on the course as much as possible and to practice if you want to become a better golfer. Practicing is a great opportunity to work on problem areas and to commit errors without all the pressure that comes from playing an opponent. Go out by yourself and take your time so that you can improve your swing and become a more consistent golfer. In addition to playing a round of golf on the course, head to your local driving range and hit a bucket of balls often so that you can make the necessary modifications to your swing.

Be Mentally Focused

Golf isn’t only about your swing and the physical talents, but it’s also about how mentally focused you are on the course. Therefore, work on clearing your mind and managing your stress so that when you do get out on the course you’re able to concentrate on what you’re doing. Meditating in your free time is a great way to accomplish this goal and will help you to focus better once you are playing a round of golf and need to pay attention to what you’re doing.

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Patrick Reed has ended a drought after 35 winless PGA Tour starts by winning the Northern Trust.

Patrick Reed Wins Northern Trust With Back Against The Wall

The 29-year-old has made a huge case for a place on the US President’s Cup Team by pulling off an impressive feat, going into Liberty National and shooting rounds of 66,66, 67, and two-under 69 on Sunday, to notch the seventh PGA Tour win of his career.

Reed did pretty much the same three years ago, going into the tournament – then the Barclays – at Bethpage Black and snapping a winless streak which had seen him leave 48 events without a single victory. He would go well-nigh two years without a win after that, breaking the duck at the 2018 Masters.

His last three wins have all been in do-or-die situations, with two coming in the form of playoff events and the other a major championship. However, he’s not all that comfortable having to be under that much pressure.

“Yeah, I don’t like long gaps [between wins],” he said after his triumph on Sunday. “It’s not fun, you know what I mean. I’ve always played golf to win golf tournaments. I’ve always wanted to compete to win. I’m not really satisfied with a second, third, fourth, 10th place finish. I’ve always played events to win golf tournaments and any time I tee it up, trying to win.

“I feel like the longer that time period is in between wins, it just makes it tougher. You know, when I had that kind of long, drawn-out like kind of drought of not winning a golf tournament, I was pushing too hard and was trying harder to win and all of a sudden it was going the wrong direction. That’s what my team was smart enough to tell me to back off, shut it down and reset and get clear, because we can finish the year right.”

Reed, who claimed a one-shot win over Abraham Ancer to emerge as the tournament’s No.1, will hope to have a more productive time in the golf majors next year. As it stands, he’s 66/1 to win the 2020 PGA Championship with Bet365 and you should look no further than OnlineSportbetting.ca for the best golf predictions, as well as a comprehensive betting guide and a list of the top bookmakers.

William Hill has odds of 50/1 on Reed winning the 2020 US Masters, with Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson the favorites at 8/1 and 10/1 respectively with Ladbrokes. Reed’s US Open chances are considered to be a lot less, with Betfair putting him at 100/1 while 8/1 Koepka is favored for that one as well.

Rory McIlroy (11/1) and Koepka (also 11/1) are favorites for next year’s Open Championship with Bet365, while Betvictor has odds of 66/1 where Reed is concerned.

Reeds win on Sunday sees him lock up a spot on the Tour Championship and he’s at No.2 behind Koepka. Things aren’t as clear-cut as it relates to the President’s Cup but he hasn’t done himself any harm by winning the Northern Trust. He’s only moved up five spots in the standings (17-12) and isn’t an automatic choice as only the top eight make it by virtue of their place. The Other four players will be chosen by Tiger Woods as captain’s picks.

Ironically, Reed has knocked Woods from 12th to 13th with Sunday’s win.

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2019’s Best Fairway Woods For Novice Golfers

Apart from drivers, another extremely useful and popular type of club from the woods category is fairway wood. Both types of woods look quite similar and have mostly graphite shafts. However, one of the main distinctive features of a fairway wood compared to the driver is a smaller clubhead. In addition, its clubhead looks slightly different from the rest of the clubs because of its bulbous shape and flat face.

Also, these clubs come with lofts that range from 12 to 20 degrees, which allows players to make softer and higher shots. Finally, such lofts offer more control of the ball. Thus, high-quality fairway wood is a handy club that every golfer should have in his bag!

Why Do Players Need Such Clubs?

Even if you are a beginner golfer, you must know that every type of clubs is meant for specific types of shots. Same way, fairway wood has its purpose.

Mostly, these clubs come in handy in two situations:

  • Hitting off the tee – yes, we know that this is mostly done with a driver, but if it feels like you might need a bit more control, using a fairway wood can be very beneficial!
  • Making longer shots – if you are playing with your iron and need to add a bit more length, that’ s another time when fairway woods will come in handy because their ranges are slightly extended compared to the irons.

Best Fairway Woods For Novice Players

Although it can be quite hard to learn to hit these clubs, thanks to modern technologies and unique designs, the manufacturers of golf gear managed to make their fairway woods easier and more playable for beginners.

Models created for high handicappers differ from the rest thanks to their forgiveness and special construction that complements the player’s skills and helps to turn mishits into consistently good shots. To help novice players make the right choice, we have made a list of the easiest to hit fairway woods!

  1. Best Of All – TaylorMade M4

Pros:

  • Great model from the top manufacturer
  • Handy from tough lies
  • Smooth and high launch
  • Excellent feel
  • Decent distance
  • Forgiving

Cons:

  • Lack of adjustability

This model is excellent by all parameters – forgiving, long, durable, versatile, nice in terms of feel, and much more. If you are shopping for the best fairway wood, M4 by TaylorMade is a reliable option.

  1. Best Distance – Callaway Men’s Rogue 

Pros:

  • Technologically advances
  • Top manufacturer
  • Durability
  • Decent distance
  • Nice price

Cons:

  • Lacks forgiveness compared to other woods

This option may not be as forgiving as the others, but it is the longest fairway wood you can find in 2019! It has a nice design, and it is also the most technologically advanced club out there. Add to this decent durability, nice price, and a 1-year warranty, and you will get a perfect option!

  1. Best Deal – TaylorMade Mens RBZ

Pros:

  • Very long
  • Forgiveness
  • Excellent design
  • Best value
  • Durability

Cons:

  • Sound
  • Lack of adjustability

If you are shopping for the best deal, this model from one of the leading manufacturers could be your best bet! It is neat looking and very forgiving. Apart from that, it offers decent distance, durability, smooth launch, and many other benefits.

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LET ACCESS SERIES: NINA PEGOVA CLINCHES VIAPLAY FINNISH OPEN

Russia’s Nina Pegova won her maiden LETAS Series crown with a four-shot victory at the Messila Golf Resort in Lahti. Having led the tournament from start to finish, the 25-year-old broke clear of the chasing pack with a final round of 70, two-under-par for the day, to close at –7 for the tournament.

Pegova’s closest challengers were Finnish pair Ursula Wikstrom and amateur Anna Backman. Wikstrom carded a four-under 68, the joint lowest score on the course, to climb from 14th into a share for second. At the same event in 2016, local favourite Backman finished in a tie for seventh, and was overjoyed to improve on her best finish in her home event, joining compatriot Wikstrom at –3.

Michaela Finn and Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir – the pair tied for second position going into the final day’s play – both had days to forget. A triple bogey on the seventh cost Finn dearly. The Swede was firmly in the running after a solid start but a costly error at the 357-yard par-4 left her with too much work to do from there, as she finished tied for eighth overall.

Iceland’s Bjorgvinsdottir had similar struggles on the Lahti course, finishing also with a +3 round of 75. Four bogeys on the front line left the Icelander out of the running early on as leader Pegova continued to score well.

Pegova has consistently shown she has the measure of the greens at the Mesilla Golf Resort and the final round was more of the same. The Moscow-native holed out for a total of four birdies, along with two bogeys, to finish two-under for the day and complete a dominant performance across the three-day event.   

Reflecting on her round, the Russian found the Finnish Open to be the perfect cocktail of conditions to allow her game to flourish:

“The competition was very well organised and the course in very good condition; my long game was good and scoring clubs accurate (as a result).”

Compared to many on the tour, Pegova was late to take up the game at the age of 13, but the 25-year-old has not looked back since and treats the game with the utmost professionalism which the Russian attributes her current success to:

 “I was busy with tennis and swimming before taking up golf at the age of 13. And now, I’ve got a Florida based team giving support, along with my Russian coach.”

Pegova’s victory moves her up to sixth in the Race to LaLargue and the players will be increasingly aware of securing vital points as the Series reaches the busy summer period.  Next week, the LETAS Series heads to Scandinavian neighbours Sweden for the Skafto Open with a 50,000 Euro prize fund and vital points in the Race to LaLargue up for grabs.

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In The Bunker with Mick The Grip

SITE OF NEXT MONTH’s U.S. OPEN, and situated on the millionaires holiday paradise of Long Island, N.Y., Shinnecock Hills Golf Club was constructed in 1891 with the help of the local Shinnecock Indians, and it’s clubhouse was allegedly the first to be constructed in America.   It was one of the founding members of the USGA, and hosted the 2nd U.S. Open in 1896, being also the first golf club in America to admit ladies.   
The superb course is said to test golfers’ ability to the utmost, with constantly changing wind direction, and requires every club in the bag.  Unfortunately ownership of the land is still hotly contested by the Shinnecock Indians, who reckon they were cheated out of it, so players this year should watch out, as the spectators coming over the hill could be waving bows and arrows.
SPEAKING OF STIRRING up the natives, Donald Trump will be lucky to escape a claymore up his kilt the next time he travels to Scotland after banning the brightly coIoured  Irn-Bru from his Turnberry resort because the nation’s 2nd favourite drink apparently ‘stains the carpets.’ 
ARNOLD PALMER’S ONLY U.S. Open victory came in 1960 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado. He was thought to be out of contention, commencing the final round 7 strokes behind the leader, but he drove the green on the 346-yard first hole setting up an opening birdie.  Arnie shot 65, at that time the lowest round in U.S. Open history, and scored a two-shot victory over an amateur named Jack Nicklaus.  His driver is still on view at the club.
THE SHOT CLOCK MASTERS (June 7-10th)  in Austria will be the first tournament in professional golf to use a shot clock on every shot as part of the European Tour’s Pace of Play policy, introduced last year.  Each player in the 120-man field will have 50 seconds for the first in a group to play any given shot, 40 seconds for subsequent players.  A one-shot penalty will be imposed for each transgression, and will be shown as a red card against the player’s name on the leaderboard.  Each player can call two ‘time-outs’ per round which permit twice the allotted shot time.
Another new event on the European Tour, the ‘Belgian Knockout’ was hosted by Ryder Cup star rookie Thomas Pieters and held at Rinkven Golf Club, Antwerp, on 17th May.  Part of the Race to Dubai, and combining aspects of match and stroke play, the four-day event culminated in a two-man battle over nine holes.  European Tour CEO Keith Pelley, fresh from Golf Sixes success, said: “This brand new format expanding the definition of tournament golf is further evidence of our desire to embrace innovation.”  No-one could accuse Mr. Pelley of not embracing innovation.
THE LATEST CLIMATE REPORT suggests that higher sea levels could see all of Britain’s historical links courses washed away by 2100.   Coastal erosion, rising sea levels and more extreme weather means we will see ‘golf courses crumbling into the sea.’  Oh well, by 2100 they will probably have found a way to solve the problem, and anyway us oldies will be playing on a perfect course by then.  Heavenly, in fact.
SPEAKING OF HEAVEN, A pro golfer died and was met at the Pearly Gates.  “We’re not quite sure what to do with you,” St. Peter said. “Did you actually do anything that was for the common good?”   The golfer pondered for a bit and said, “Once in a hotel parking lot I saw a young woman being tormented by some Hell’s Angels —revving their engines, circling her and calling obscenities.  So I got out of my car and went up to the leader.  He was much bigger than me, very muscular and covered with tattoos.  Well, I bonked this guy on the nose with my 5 iron and I told him and the rest of them they’d better stop bothering this woman or they would get more of the same!”
“Wow, that’s very impressive,” St. Peter replied. “When did this happen?”
“About five minutes ago,” the golfer replied.
Until next time: Happy Golfing.
Contact Mick for your regripping and repairs. 638 859 475.

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Early bird tickets on sale now for Andalucía Valderrama Masters

John Rahm secured the 182nd European Tour win by a player from Spain at the Open de España last week, and with just 182 days until the second European Tour event of the year on Spanish soil gets under way, early bird tickets for the Andalucía Valderrama Masters are on sale now at europeantour.com/tickets.

Home fans gathered in their thousands in Madrid on Sunday to see Rahm become the second successive Spanish player to win a European Tour event on home soil, after Sergio Garcia capped off a stunning year with victory at the 2017 Andalucía Valderrama Masters. Now all eyes turn once again to the famous Real Club Valderrama, which will host the event on October 18-21, 2018.

Sergio García0©RC Valderrama

Garcia delighted Spanish fans with an emotional victory in Sotogrande last year, as he sealed his third win of the season to add to his maiden Major title at the Masters Tournament as well as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic trophy.

The home hero continued his love affair with the venue – where he became the first Spaniard to win a European Tour stroke play event in 2011 –  as he lifted the trophy at the end of a week in which he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of both the European Tour and Real Club Valderrama.

“Winning in Valderrama was very special. It’s difficult to describe what it meant to win at home, at one of my favourite golf courses and in front of my family and the Spanish fans,” said Garcia, speaking after his victory in 2017.

“It was a great week, I was happy with my game and particularly with my attitude. I kept patient and made sure that the bad shots didn’t affect me too much. To win in Valderrama you have to be very patient, you have to love the place. And I love Valderrama.

“The spectators were unbelievable all week, many came out and enjoyed it not only because I won, but because they saw some great golf thanks to Joost’s Luiten and all the players.

“2017 was an amazing year both for me and for Spanish golf. As for me, it was probably the best year in my career.”

Early bird tickets for the 2018 Andalucía Valderrama Masters are just €8 for the Pro-Am on Wednesday October 17, €12 on Thursday and Friday of the tournament and €20 on Saturday and Sunday. Children aged under 14 are admitted to event free of charge when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Tickets are available now at europeantour.com/tickets

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Denise wins the Montgo Champions Cup

On Friday 8th December Montgo Golf Society played their final trophy competition of the year, the Champions Cup, sponsored by the society captain John Feek. To qualify members had to have won one of the societies singles competitions during the year, and no less than sixteen members were competing for this prestigious trophy. There was also a separate medal competition for those members who had not qualified for the main event, as well as no less than six nearest the pin prizes.

In the battle of the non-qualifiers Colin Foster came out top with a best score of the day net 68 off 14.2. In second place was Susie Snelling with a net 71 off 19.2, and third was Jan Jones with a net 72 off 30.5 pushing sponsor John Feek in to fourth place on countback. Of the Champions Cup qualifiers Vice Captain Denise Cooper came out on top, capping a great season by winning the trophy with a fine net 70 off 17.9. Runner up was another of this season’s stars, Sally Cottrell, with a net 72 off 12, closely followed home by Shaun O’Gorman with a net 73 off 5.2. The nearest the pins went to Shaun O’Gorman on the 3rd, Denise Cooper on the 6th as well as the 11th, and Stella Fox on the 16th. Nearest the pin with the second shot on the 5th went to Colin Foster, and on the 18th Ed Wallace. Sally Burrows recorded the only two of the day, which was incredible as the nearest the pin shots on the par 3’s were all extremely close.

Next week we will be playing a Texas Scramble at Oliva Nova, sponsored by Gerian van Ooijen and Francien Knoops, and our final event of the year will be on the 22nd December when we will again be at Oliva Nova for a competition yet to be determined. We were due to play a challenge match between the Captains male team and the Vice Captains ladies however despite bold, if not boastful, words from the Denise the girls bottled it completely and have failed to form a credible team!!!!!

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Chaotic start to Orba Golf Day

Wednesday 6 November – Levante Results

A slight chaotic start to this week’s game with late comers and change of game format at the last minute – but in good old Orba Warbler fashion, we all got on the course and had a great day even though Levante was putting up quite a challenge. One Division this with four NTP’s sponsored by Birthday Gal Sheila Dindar !

In 1st. David Edwards ( Hcap. 25.4 ) with 36pts. Coming close in 2nd. and 3rd. both with 35pts. on c/b was Barbara Pollitt ( Hcap. 24.3 ) and Peter Gibson ( Hcap. 24 ) respectively.

And in 4th. Steve Harrison ( Hcap.17.7 ) with 34pts.

4 NTP’s : Hole 3 – Glyn Braidley, Hole 7 – Barbara Pollitt, Hole 12 – Peter Gibson and Hole 14 – Dave Knight.

One 2’s was recorded by John Daniels on Hole 7.

The Football Card went to Steve Smith with Cardiff.

Thank you Sheila for the wonderful prizes.

First game in 2018 will be on Jan. 3rd. at Oliva Nova. First Tee Time 10:40am so please arrive by 9:55am for registration. Guests are welcome subject to space availability and Current Handicap certificate. To book, please contact Michael Taylor   on mjt@stylespms.com or phone 639 242 896.

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Rubys Golf Society

The last game of the player of the year season took us to the difficult Las Colinas course where the top four players would tee off together at the end of a large field of players, all of them with a chance of victory.

The weather was good and the course proved to be in excellent condition as usual. The golf lived up to expectations with a good few players coming in with over 30 points. However the positions in the battle for the top however did not change, with one of our ladies coming out on top.

The main presentation of trophy's for the player of the year award took place at our annual Christmas dinner which was held at Stan and Ollies
The main presentation of trophy’s for the player of the year award took place at our annual Christmas dinner which was held at Stan and Ollies

Michelle Evans managed to stave off the challenge from nearest rival Marc Doherty to take this years honours.

The rest of the field results were as follows; nearest the pin on the par 3’s were Brian Wilson, Peter Jepson, Theresa Wright, Roy Stanley and Buck Taylor. Best front nine was Bill Malcolm, best back Theresa Wright, Gold division winner was Michelle Evans and Silver division and overall winner was (keep it in the family) husband Jeff.

The two’s pot was shared between Brian Wilson and Theresa Wright, there was also an additional prize of two free games at El Plantio which was won by Dave Johnson, back at Rayz the presentation of the prizes took place and Marc Doherty won the football card, and where we enjoyed a buffet provided by Matt and his staff, many thanks for that.

The main presentation of trophy’s for the player of the year award took place at our annual Christmas dinner which was held at Stan and Ollies, 43 members and their wives/ partners enjoyed a splendid evening, many thanks to Paul and his staff for a faultless night, which culminated with some speeches and our very own guest comedian Rob Vaughan.

A great end to a prolific year with captain Colin Fear handing over to the new captain Dave Shelton. Every one left felling happy and looking forward to the coming season.

To become part of the fun at our golf society email us at rubysgolf@yahoo.co.uk

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Good turnout for TPGS at Villamartin

Today the Plaza Golf Society played at our favourite course, Villamartin, we had 44 playing with 4 reserves! A great turnout again.

The greens where fast and tricky, and the tee boxes well back. This resulted in some fairly average scoring, a big shout-out to Brian Fenty who secured the last place and a bottle of wine with an astounding 15 pts!.

As usual we had a 2’s pot which was shared by Deb and Darrell Rose, Bob Price and Ray Waite all receiving €22. The nearest the pins were sponsored by the TPGS and the winners were, Phil Sully, Ray Waite, Callum Hitcham, Craig Hamilton and big Phil de Lacy! In the silver division Bill Gillies came 3rd with 29 pts. Bob Price 2nd with 32 and Lee Holtham winning with a whopping 35.

In the gold division Ron Temple came 3rd with 32 pts great score off his 7 handicap. Andy McDonald came 2nd on countback also with 32 but the leader on the day was big Phil de Laceup with 34 pts. Well done all!

Next week we return to Villamartin,  there are only a couple of spaces left so get your name down quick! Book online at www.theplazagolfsociety.com or slip into our clubhouse The Alehouse at Villamartin Plaza.

A warm and friendly pub with hot sausage rolls to die for!

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